Thursday, June 28, 2007

Trash talk and the Detroit Lions = 50 years of BS

Detroit Lions WR Mike Furrey claims they should win 10 to 12 games in 2007. The following quotes are proof enough for me that he's on something mind altering.

"I’m telling you right now, we have high confidence right now. We know what we have. We know how good our offense was over the last four or five weeks of last year. We know that we added depth to the spots that we needed to add depth to. … Our defense looks phenomenal right now. … We believe what Jon’s saying. That’s how we feel as a team right now."

Obviously Furrey has been dipping into the same Kool-Aid and cornbread as Jon Kitna.

It's as if Lions players have become members of a cult. The Cult of Millen. Before every season, we hear that the Lions will improve. The Lions players say so. The front office says so. The local beat writers say so. The newspaper articles never change from off season to off season.

Every year it's the same old, same old.

The team sure looks good during the off season workouts! The new crop of rookies will make an impact! The returning players that have never lived up to their so called "Potential" will actually do so! Injury prone players have overcome their injury proneness! The Lions are going to do more than just improve, they are going to make the playoffs! The Lions are turning a new leaf, and changing their losing culture!

We're told that this coming season will be different that the previous year.

Or the previous 10 years...

Or 20 years...

Or 50 years...

Talk is cheap, and the Lions have been cheap talkers for decades. From playoff victory guarantees, to draft pick hyperbole, to coaches threatening to give "Bus tickets out of town," to predicting 10 win seasons, the Lions have never, ever been able to back up whatever crap comes out of their mouths.

How stupid is it for a 3-13 team to talk trash? To predict 7 victory turnarounds? To say that everything is now A-OK? It's gotten to be a bit much, considering this comes from a team that had to win the last game of the season to keep from getting the 1st overall draft pick.

The Lions were 1 Tony Romo yard from being the worst team in the NFL. The only team worse than the Lions is run by an loopy octogenarian who dresses like it's 1956, believes it's 1966, and runs an offense from 1976. There's not much room for the Lions to talk.

But they still do.

I've used this Benjamin Franklin quote in the past, but when it comes to the Lions, it bears repeating...

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."

If you go by the what we've seen of, and heard from, the Detroit Lions, they've been insane for 50 years.

So I have 4 words of advice for the 2007 Detroit Lions. It's advice they really should take to heart...

"Shut the FUCK up!"

It seems like the only people who don't buy into the Detroit Lions off season trash talk anymore are the fans themselves. Burn me once, shame on you. Burn me twice? Shame on me. Burn me 50 times? Then we are talking about the Detroit Lions.

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